Letter: Transparency trumps privacy

Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
House Bill 1244 , which would allow a lottery winner to keep his or her name private, passed the House on a 172-130 vote on March 6. This may be one of the most misguided votes the House has taken this year.

One can sympathize with a winner’s wish for privacy so as to avoid requests from both family members and perfect strangers. However, it is hard to imagine people being satisfied with the state giving out millions of dollars to an anonymous person. I can already hear the chorus of voices crying conspiracy, some of those voices coming from the very people who voted to pass this bill. The need for transparency in allocating state dollars in this case trumps the right to privacy, as was eloquently stated by the majority of the committee on Executive Departments and Administration Committee.


East Andover